Monday, 29 May 2017

'NDP in the Jungle': A new course initiative

A exciting new development in Neuro-Dramatic-Play ( 
took place in the Malaysian rain forest 20 April - 4 May 2017.  Participants were able to complete their NDP study combined with placement and submit their reports, all within the allotted time.

We spent time in Kuala Lumpur on initial studies, a group of 10 people including myself and Andy Hickson as facilitators.  Participants came from Canada, Malaysia and the UK, with backgrounds in play therapy, dramatherapy, counselling and theatre-in-education, three men (including baby Anthony) and 7 women.  

We went by minibus to Cameron Highlands for an overnight stay before going into the jungle outskirts for several nights and then deep jungle.  We returned to KL for the final study, report and debrief.

It was a very exciting time and we all experienced the benefits of working 'hands on' with families, children and teenagers.  It was a privilege to live with the Temiars who welcomed us so generously.  We learned how to build and sail a bamboo raft, cook their food and make decorations and headdresses.  We participated in their singing and dance, healing trance and stories.

We observed their play and were able to conduct our own play sessions with different age groups.

Friendships were forged and ideas spun of possible future initiatives.  We may well take another group into the forest but not until 2019.

More photos in the next episode!

Dr Sue Jennings

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